A syringe driver is donated

The Royal Freemasons aged care facility in Sale has received a syringe driver, which will aid in palliative care, from Gippsland Lodge 51. Pictured is lodge community engagement officer Liam Cole and secretary Dr Iain Nicolson, with facility manager Robyn English.

The Royal Freemasons aged care facility in Sale has received a syringe driver, which will aid in palliative care, from Gippsland Lodge 51. Pictured is lodge community engagement officer Liam Cole and secretary Dr Iain Nicolson, with facility manager Robyn English.

LOCAL Freemasons have donated a key piece of medical equipment to the Royal Freemasons aged care home in Sale.

Representatives from Gippsland Lodge 51 handed over a syringe driver to facility manager Robyn English, which will be used in palliative care.

Syringe drivers can cost up to $4000.

The lodge raised much of the money itself, helped by the Freemasons Foundation.

Lodge secretary, Dr Iain Nicolson, said the item delivered a steady flow of medication over a 24-hour period.

“We use this in palliative care, and we might deliver an analgesic such as morphine, and a calmative, and something to stop nausea — it’s mixed together in the syringe ... and the dose is given at an even rate over the 24 hours,” he said.

“That makes managing a palliative patient so much easier. “It’s a vital piece of equipment, and of great use and benefit to the patient, and that’s the bottom line.”

Ms English added having another syringe driver, the facility’s second, would provide comfort to residents and their families.

“It’s about comfort and dignity for the resident throughout their life, and supporting them through end of life stages, and it also brings a lot of support to the family, knowing they’re not in any pain and not suffering — that’s critical too,” she said.

“You see the relief on their faces knowing their loved one is not in any pain, and they can enjoy the time, which is precious time, with them.”

She said the support from the community was appreciated

“It really needs to be acknowledged what the lodges do for us here at Royal Freemasons; the support from them is invaluable,” she said.

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